Motivational Monday!

monday 3Good morning y’all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are starting this new week with the strength of positive thoughts! I am starting the week off with a new job that I am both excited and extremely nervous about. I have been told that it is perfectly normal to be nervous starting a new job, but I really do not like this feeling. I honestly cannot even explain why I am nervous because I did do work like this for years before, it has also been many years since I did work in Property Management. I highly doubt much has changed, but we will see. I willmonday 1 tell y’all all about it when I get home this evening.

I have always believed that Monday mornings can go one of two ways, we can view them as a fresh start by letting go of anything that did not go our way the previous week or we can view them as something we dread. I think it is much better to view Monday as a positive because those thoughts will create a much more happiness for all of us! 

I discovered a fantastic quote that I would like to share with you today and I hope you like it! Our days can get difficult quickly, but if we just try to remember that tomorrow is is another day to try again, we will feel much more accomplished!quotes-thich-nhat-hanh-01-949x534

Thank you for visiting my site today! I always appreciate the time you take to read what I download-10.jpgshare and love ❤ reading your comments! Considering I am starting a new full-time job today, I am not sure how my posts will be done. It will probably take me a few days to get back into the swing of things, but I promise to do my best. I hope you have a fabulous start to the new week! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

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Pride Month

imagesThere are various things that are celebrated and or recognized during the month of June. I have already discussed Scoliosis Awareness because it holds a lot of meaning for me, considering my mother recently received this diagnosis. In the past I had worked with children that battled this disease, but I only knew and remembered the bare minimum about it. The research that I did recently was very interesting and I was glad I was able to share this knowledge with y’all.

The month of June is known for being “Pride Month” and I wanted to share some images (1)information about what this means and how the name came about. Pride Month is celebrated every year in June to honor of the Stonewall riots.  On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn located in New York City’s Greenwich Village area. This was the first major demonstration for gay rights in America and had a lot of support in doing so. The patrons at this bar were all gay men and drag queens that joined together to fight back against the police, which I find admirable!

What I have learned regarding the Stonewall Inn was very eye-opening and extremely Stonewall_Nasdaqinformative. For starters, the Stonewall Inn was operated by a mafia organization known as Genovese. This crime family viewed the LGBTQ community as a profitable group. During this time it was pretty much illegal to be a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. I find the laws in place during this time were invasive and absolutely awful. There were actual laws on the books prohibiting same-sex public display of affection. The police would arrest a person for simply wearing too many gender related articles of clothing, which still makes absolutely NO sense to me. Gay-friendly bars were a problem because officials would actually withhold liquor licenses from the bars which of course caused a major problem for the bars. Once the Genovese organization purchased the bars, they would blackmail city officials to tip them off prior to a raid which gave them a chance to hide all liquor. Sadly, homosexual activities were deemed illegal in most states, but that only made bars like this a lot more appealing to the mafia!images (2)

Brenda Howard, also known as the “Mother of Pride” is a bisexual activist. Brenda is the one that organized a march and other events to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riot. Today Pride Month around the country includes educational and awareness events and even parties to celebrate gay pride.

For some reason on June 28, 1969 the mafia was not tipped off about the raid. The police allegedly targeted the Stonewall Inn for its lack of a liquor license and potential GettyImages-141510668.0.0blackmail attempts on the gay attendees present. Not only did the police confiscate all the bar’s alcohol, but they arrested 13 people present for violating the statue on inappropriate gender apparel, which heck that could have been holding hands.

It wasn’t until witnesses saw an officer strike one of the patrons being arrested on the head when all hell broke loose. Patrons and residents lashed out with anything they were able to get their hands on such as bottles, stones and even loose change. With things getting a little out of control, there were even some thoughts of starting a fire. Crowds grew into the thousands rather quickly, which made the police scared for their own lives. I will be nice and not say how I feel about that kind of coward behavior. As more reinforcements arrived, crowds started to get under control during the first night of the riot.2700103_0

On night 2 of the protest, things grew much more intense creating many more aggressive and hostile feelings from both sides. The level power that was felt was something that wasn’t seen before from the protestors, which made them feel their voices were finally being heard!

Several days after the protests had ended; the local paper “The Village Voice” published two demeaning articles. The homophobic slurs infuriated the protesters and once again they started their protests. Protesters took to the streets and this time it included the office of “The Village Voice”. If the newspaper had not been so ignorant and left things alone, there probably would not have been another massive protest.

images (3)During the many demonstrations, the protesters had decided to opt out of any kind of violence. Trying to keep things as calm and safe as possible, the protesters simply formed Rockettes style kick lines with the protesters on one side and police on the other, while chanting “Liberate the bar”. We all know that way too many protests lead to violence which NEVER solves the problem, but creates a lot more issues!

The Stonewall Inn is now a National Monument and considered an important and historic venue for the new era of gay rights. On June 24, 2016 former President Barak Obama made the inn and surrounding areas officially designated to National Park services for appropriate care!images (1)

During 1970, Martha P. Johnson who was a participant in the protest for the Stonewall Inn, started additional acts for the LGBTQ community. Martha started the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), which was an organization dedicated to helping the LGBTQ youth. Martha wanted to help those living on the streets who were also dealing with hateful and judgmental people.

download (4)Today the Stonewall Inn is still in operation. Unfortunately patrons are still facing harassment from the police departments finest. It is possible I am being a slightly facetious because I just cannot understand what kind of person would attack another emotionally and or physically because of their sexual preference. I think y’all know by now that I strongly believe in treating everyone equally and with respect!

Since the riots the Stonewall Inn has changed several times. Just a few months after the riots had settled the Inn became a juice bar. Then between the 1970’s and 1980’s what images (4)used to be the Stonewall Inn had become a bagel shop, Chinese restaurant and even a shoe store. To me it seems as though business in this location was not doing all that great and it is probably because of all the chaos that had occurred. In 2007 the owner decided to renovate the inn and once renovations were complete it turned back into a bar and club once again. This time there were no restrictions on who was allowed as it was open to everyone!

I know this post is rather long, but I have one more thing to say about this. June 26, 2015 maxresdefaultthe US Supreme court ended all states ban on same-sex marriage and legalizes it is all 50 states! The US Supreme court also required all states to honor out of state same-sex marriage. I never knew this, but Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003.

It really upsets me that in 2019 those that are part of the LGBTQ are still mistreated. Personally I have several friends that are part of this community and they are great people. These people are NOT harming anyone and just want to love who they lovedownload (3) without judgment! The United States have come a long way with how people are treated, but we can keep trying to do better and be better! We are all FREE      to ❤ love whoever we want and should be respected when we make our choice.

Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I always appreciate and value your comments and do look forward to reading what you think! I hope you are having an amazing weekend and you are feeling the best you can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Let it go Friday!

242860-Good-Morning-Happy-Friday-Flowers-And-ButterfliesGood morning y’all! I hope your week has treated you well and you are looking forward to the weekend! My week has been a little busy with car shopping. Car shopping has been nothing short of a nightmare and the for some reason it shocks me how many people just LIE. One day my husband and I drove 6 hours round trip to look at a car because the seller “said” it had sharp paint and no rust. Not only was the paint NOT sharp, but it was rusted all to hell! I have decided to not allow these negative experiences get me down and just keep looking around!

With how busy things have been, I did miss my normal Pick-Me-Up Thursday post and I am sorry about that. I might try starting a Friday post to add some additional positivity, so please let me know what you think of this! let go7

The reason I have thought about an additional day for positive quotes is because with how negative the world can become, we could all use just a little extra positivity. I also feel with all my heart, soul and mind that letting go of anything that happened negativespread the positive during the week is very important for our own peace! I am interested to know what you think about this though!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you are able to enjoy it to the fullest! After so many setbacks, I am finally starting my new job on Monday. I do think it will be a great fit for my personality. I had done this type of work for many years before, but it has been a while. I have always excelled working with people because for the most part enjoy it. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Scoliosis Awareness Month!

images (13)Over the years I have known people that live with scoliosis. I remember there was a kid in my high school that had a very aggressive type which left him wheelchair bound. Then while working in a pediatrics unit in the hospital I came to know several children that had different forms with various severities of scoliosis. I did know a little about this illness many years ago scoliosis awareness monthbut it wasn’t until my ❤ mother received the diagnosis that I dove into research a little more. I hate that it sounds like I am just like most people, who do not know much about an illness until it affects someone they love because that really isn’t me. I did do some research when I saw children struggling with this disease, but of course I had forgotten many details.

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, so I want to share some information I have learned recently about this disease. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Scoliosis scoliotic-spine-normal-spine_0affects 6-9 million people, which is about 2-3% of the population. This illness is characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. Just like all other ailments, there are different types that also have different severities involved. Something interesting I did recently learn is, it is  the speed and mechanism of the progression plays a vital role in determining the type of scoliosis any individual is facing.

I want to first start by explaining the three different categories there are with scoliosis.

  • Idiopathic- The cause of this is either unknown or there is no single factor contributing to the development of this disease.images (17)
  • Congenital- This typically results from a spinal defect that is present at birth and normally is detect at a much earlier age than those with Idiopathic form.
  • Neuromuscular- This is a spinal curvature which develops secondary to some type of neurological or muscular disease, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, this type does progress faster than the other forms.

I also want to share with y’all the seven different types of scoliosis.

  1. Congenital Scoliosis- This form is very rare and only affecting about 1 in 10,000 Xray - block and hemivertebrae_movednewborn babies. This does result from spinal abnormalities that develop in the womb. Fetal development malformation of the vertebrae is the most common cause. This may form from partial formation of certain bones or the absences of one of more bones in the spine. This can lead to sideway curvature of the spine, but can also cause a child to develop additional curves in the opposite directions. The symptoms of Congenital Scoliosis include: tilted shoulders, uneven waistline, and prominence of ribs on one side, head tilt and an overall appearance of the body leaning to one side. There are several diagnostic tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis which include: EOS Imaging, x-rays, MRIs and CT scan.
  2. Early Onset and Adolescent Scoliosis-With Early Onset Scoliosis symptoms are presented prior to age 10. When children under age 10 are facing Scoliosis, it scoliosis-intervention-stagescan affect more than just their spine and can actually lead to malformed ribs which can affect their lung development. If the curves are mild, children with early onset scoliosis do not typically show any outward sign of spinal trouble. However, symptoms for these children include having uneven shoulders, asymmetrical contour of the waist, uneven hips, tilted head and leaning to one side. Treatment for children under the age of 10 is extremely important because they are still forming. Unfortunately lack of treatment can contribute to lung and heart problems that could lead to death due to heart and lung disease.
  3. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis- This is one of the most common forms of scoliosis, which affects 4 out of 10 children between the ages 10-18 years oldimages (17) Spinal growth starts to slow by age 10, so when there is already a significant degree of curvature, the curve may continue progressing into adulthood. There are many theories about this type, which include possible hormone imbalances. 30% of patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis have a family history of scoliosis, which suggests there is a genetic link. Most, but not all people do not experience pain or neurologic abnormalities and can even look normal. The symptoms come in the form of uneven shoulders, a rib hump or a leaning torso and can be associated with lower back pain.
  4. Degenerative Scoliosis (De Nova Scoliosis) – This is an adult late onset or de novo scoliosis which affects more than 60% of American’s. This is directly caused from imageage-related degeneration of the spine and those with no prior history of scoliosis. This is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50. With this there is a sideways curvature of the spine that develops slowly overtime. Basically, this is the natural consequence of aging and the degeneration of joints and discs in the spine. The uneven degradation of the discs and joints can cause the spinal curvature to be more cobbangle-56a05ed35f9b58eba4b02649pronounced on one side. Commonly develops in the lumbar spine or lower back forming a slight C shape. According to the Cobb Angle, when the degree of sideways curvature exceeds 10°, it is diagnosed as Scoliosis. Symptoms include: dull aches or stiffness in the lower back, radiating pain that spreads to the legs, tingling sensation and weakness in the legs, frequent muscle fatigue, lower back pain, sharp pain in the legs that occurs while walking, but may subside during periods of rest.
  5. Neuromuscular Scoliosis- This type is a type of Idiopathic Scoliosis. This Scoliosis-Treatmentdevelops secondary to various other disorders of the spinal cord, brain and muscular system. The spinal curvature occurs when the nerves and muscles are not able to maintain proper alignment and balance of the spine and truck. The issues that can contribute to neuromuscular scoliosis are: Myelodysplasia, Cerebral Palsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Freidrich Ataxia and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Unless the spinal curvature becomes pronounced, there really is not any pain involved.
  6. Scheuermann’s Kyphosis- There are some differences between Kyphosis and maxresdefaultScoliosis that I would like to try explaining.  Kyphosis is defined as a forward rounding of the spine, whereas Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal curvature of the spine when being viewed from the front. Kyphosis typically affects the cervical and thoracic spine, where Scoliosis affects the lower and lumbar spine. Kyphosis does develop secondary to structural deformity in the vertebrae. The early known symptoms include: poorscoliosis-signs-and-symptomsposture, back pain, muscle fatigue and stiffness in the back. The symptoms remain fairly consistent and only worsen over time if the case is severe. One final piece of information regarding this disease is Kyphosis is typically diagnosed during adolescence.
  7. Syndromic Scoliosis- This is a form of scoliosis that develops secondary to other syndromes. It is commonly linked to Retts Syndrome, Beale’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Osteochondrodystropy and various connective tissue disorders. Symptoms for this do not typically cause pain, but can cause discomfort and possibly images (16)some pain sitting when it is more severe.

Please forgive me for the length of this post. Y’all know that I try to keep things short, sweet, to the point and easy to read, but there was just so much important information I wanted share about scoliosis. Of course receiving this diagnosis would be quite scary and upsetting, but finding the right doctor that you trust will help to manage this disease. I do believe that staying positive and fighting for your own health is the only way to handle this diagnosis or really any diagnosis! It’s 2019 and I would really like to believe that science is improving and illnesses can be made easier to live with.

I really want to thank you for visiting my site today. I hope this long post provided youfd44ae30de3651ed37f779074b265b7f with information that whether you are the one dealing this disease, have a loved one who is or really just offered a slightly better understanding about this disease. I always believe it is important to educate ourselves on different issues, so we can have a better understanding to what others might be coping with! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of    love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Motivational Monday!

Butterfly Motivational MondayGood morning y’all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and you did everything that brought you the most  joy! Can you believe that we are already halfway through 2019? I feel like time is speeding up  and I just cannot keep up or maybe I am just slowing down.

I do hope you are entering the new week with positive thoughts and you are letting go of anything that went wrong or just not the way you intended last week. I know I already shared the news about the insurance company declaring my poor car as totaled last week. That news was a little sad, but I have accepted my loss. The only good things about this loss was, the insurance company is paying out a good amount for my car and my husband and I spent the weekend searching for a new car for me. It looks like I am going to be getting the older model Chevy Tahoe I have wanted for so long, but I will keep y’all updated!

I think the quote I am sharing with y’all today will bring some optimism to your way and I do hope you will feel the same!try again aliaha

I want to share something else with y’all that I find very important. June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, so I am going to be sharing some information about this disease. scoliosis awareness monthRecently my mother actually received this diagnosis and I know she is scared, hell most people probably would be. Before now, I did already have some knowledge about this disease from someone I went to high school with and from working on a pediatric unit in the hospital for several years. I honestly did start a post about Scoliosis over the weekend, but thought it was getting a little too long, so I am going to try doing two separate posts to make for slightly shorter reading.

sparkle and shine mondayThank you so much for visiting my site today. I hope y’all have an amazing start to the week and it only continues to improve. Today, do your best to take everything one step at a time and not stress about things there is no control over, this is definitely something I need to practice so much more! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of    love❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Pick-Me-Up Thursday!

Cat Friday EveGood morning y’all! I hope your week has been a good one and you are feeling well. My week has been a mixture of trying to rest, waiting, some terrible tooth pain and negative news. I already shared that I had an accident, that was NOT my fault at all two weeks ago. Even though things withon the tow truck insurance started going well and the other driver’s insurance would be paying for everything, I did get some sad news Wednesday afternoon. It was decided that my car was considered totaled, which makes NO sense at all to me. Of course I do try my best to find the positive in all situations, so I guess getting a new car can be viewed as a good thing. The sad thing about this is, my husband and I left our wedding in that car, so it has sentimental meaning to us.. This is the picture of my poor car on the back of the tow truck.

Y’all know I think a pick-me-up is always helpful and I know I could use that right now. What I am sharing today short, simple and meaningful. During really difficult and painful times, this is the reminder that I need!strong-enough-to-live-it.jpg

Thank you for visiting my site today! I hope you have a great day and you are happy it is almost the weekend. Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on this quote, I do always enjoy reading your great thoughts! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive thoughts!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

A Day of Remembrance!

memorial-day-1.jpgMemorial Day, is an American Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of the month of May. This holiday is to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military. This day did not actually become an official federal holiday until 1971. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day in the years that followed the Civil War.

I still cannot understand how any war can be referred to as “Civil” because 620,000 people lost their lives in this war. This “Civil” War or the War Between the States went Memorial Day Tributeon from April 12, 1861 until April 9, 1865. The absolutely absurd thing about this war is, it was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. The Confederate States of America was 11 southern states that left the union in efforts to form their own country and consisted of; South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The Confederate States of America were fighting to freedom isnt freeprotect their so called rights for slavery.

For me this is a shameful thing to even fight about because I do not believe slavery should have ever existed. Y’all already know this about me, but I strongly believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of their skin color or anything else some might judge on. In 1865, the United States of America defeated those that were part of the Confederate State of America and slavery was abolished.

 Of course in 2019, people are using this day to visit cemeteries, memorials, hold family gathering and participate in parades. Today is aimages (14)day to honor those that fought for equality and to not have anyone referred to slaves. The real meaning behind this day is something honorable and should be recognized. To really honor this day, those that are still judging people need to make a true attempt to change their hateful ways and just share love ❤ with all. So many people risked and gave their lives so we could have the opportunity to live among each other. All of us have a beating heart ❤ that feels and has real emotions. With that said, why do so many people still seem to live to only hate? My hope for today is, everyone will realize and understand that love ❤ is the only way to live and hate images (16)should not be allowed to cloud our thoughts.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I hope you have a wonderful day and send a little kindness and love ❤ to another that may really need it. We never know what someone else is going through and it is very possible kind words will not only bring them joy, but it may also make their day! Please know that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤